In a joint news conference with the Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi in the White House on Tuesday, President Obama reacted on Donald Trump’s irresponsible claims about a rigged election day on November 8. He instead advised the Republican nominee to “stop whining and go try to make his case to get votes.”
“It’s unprecedented. It happens to be based on no facts; every expert, regardless of political party, regardless of ideology, conservative or liberal, who has ever examined these issues in a serious way, will tell you that instances of significant voter fraud are not to be found, that — keep in mind, elections are run by state and local officials, which means that there are places like Florida, for example, where you’ve got a Republican governor, whose Republican appointees are going to running and monitoring a whole bunch of these election sites,” Obama said.
He further added, “The notion that somehow if Mr. Trump loses Florida, it’s because of those people that you have to watch out for, that is both irresponsible and, by the way, doesn’t really show the kind of leadership and toughness that you want out of a president. If you start whining before the game’s even over, if whenever things are going badly for you and you lose, you start blaming somebody else, then you don’t have what it takes to be in this job because there are a lot of times when things don’t go our way or my way.
Trump’s rigged election claims reached its peak this week following two less than stellar debate performances, and declining poll numbers in key states. He has sharpened his allegations even as Republican lawyers called his assertions unfounded.